Gathering Gang Intelligence in a Correctional Setting – Jan 26, 2021

Date: January 26th, 2021
Time: 0900-1200 PST
Format: Online-Zoom
Fee: $200 per person
No private or personal emails will be accepted for registration. Please use your email address from the correctional facility where you work at. 
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Topics

1. BC Gang Landscape (1hr) 

Dr. Kieron McConnell 

An overview of the history behind BC gangs and the current BC gang landscape. Discussion of key organized crime groups and their conflicts. Organized crime business and their influences locally, Nationally and abroad. 

Learning objectives 
  • knowledge of the historical significance of gangs in BC 
  • identifying and recognizing different organized crime groups and their conflicts  
  • understanding the business behind the organized crime and what drives them

2. Intelligence gathering & Interviewing (1hr)

Raj Jaswal 

An overview on intelligence gathering, interview techniques and best practices related to the intake and monitoring of institutionalized criminals and organized crime groups within the correctional system.  

Learning objectives 
  • understanding the importance of protected B and C documents in relation to FOI requests 
  • identifying and recognizing those who are vulnerable to jail recruitment 
  • understanding organized crime operations within the corrections system 
  • recognizing officer safety 
  • performing initial intake interviewing for classifications and ongoing assessments

Bios

Dr. Keiron McConnell

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Faculty of Arts
Professor of Criminology
Office-Surrey Campus

Dr. McConnell has worked within the criminal justice system for the last 30 years in a frontline capacity with the Vancouver Police. Specifically, in this work, he has worked exclusively in gang prevention, intervention and suppression for the last 15 years with a variety of police gang units. This practitioner experience combined with the pursuit of lifelong academic learning situates him for teaching and facilitating learning sessions on a variety of criminal justice-related topics and specifically gang and organized crime.

Dr. McConnell has held sessional/contract instructor status at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Douglas College, Royal Roads University, Wilfred Laurier University, the Native Education Centre and Simon Fraser University Criminology. Moreover, Dr. McConnell is a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the Faculty of Arts-Criminology. In addition, he is one of the Safer Schools Together GRIP (Gang Reduction through Informed Practices) facilitators.

Dr. McConnell has a master’s degree from the University of Leicester and a doctorate degree from London Metropolitan University at the John Grieve Center for Excellence in Policing. His thesis is titled, Gangs in British Columbia: Mafioso, Gangster or Thug? which included qualitative research with almost 250 hours of field observations in Chicago, Toronto, Hobbema, Los Angeles and London, England. He has continued his research with gangs in New Orleans, Edmonton, Calgary, and Detroit.

Dr. McConnell was awarded the Frederick Thrasher Award for Excellence in Gang Scholarship, Leadership and Enforcement in 2014 at the National Gang Centre in Chicago, Illinois. He served as a citizen participant on the Surrey Mayors Task Force on Gangs, is a member of both the Canadian and the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing and is on the Board of the National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago, Illinois. He has published in both the Journal of Gang Research and the Journal of Police Practices.
Dr. Dianne Symonds and Dr. McConnell recently completed their book, Stop Gangs Now: Your Part, a community health perspective on reducing gangs in the community. Moreover he is the co-author of a chapter on outlaw motorcycle gangs due out in 2021.

Dr. McConnell in 2020 completed the Executive Leadership Program at Oxford University.


Constable Raj Jaswal

Constable Raj Jaswal has worked within the criminal justice system for the last 13 years in a frontline and investigative capacity as a member of the Vancouver Police. Constable Jaswal has worked exclusively in gang intervention, suppression, major projects and intelligence gathering for the last 10 years within a variety of police units including the BC integrated gang task force, the VPD gang crime unit, the VPD organized crime section & most recently with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC. Constable Jaswal has focused considerable time on enforcement and intelligence gathering within the South Asian community across the Lower Mainland, in 2014 he was recognized for his work with a VPD Deputy Chief Constables commendation for developing strategies to curb gang violence in South Vancouver.

Constable Jaswal is one of a select few Municipal police officers across Canada who is a certified instructor in criminal vehicle interdiction training that targets the travelling organized crime criminal. Constable Jaswal has spearheaded the creation of a multi-agency working group between the RCMP, CBSA and VPD that educates and trains Canadian police officers in criminal interdiction. Constable Jaswal is also a recognized instructor for the RCMP & US drug interdiction assistance program that trains and educates law enforcement officers across the United States.
Constable Jaswal has a genuine passion for combining his practical experiences with educational training. Constable Jaswal serves a guest lecturer for both the Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen Polytech University criminology departments. Constable Jaswal’s dedication to his community has resulted in him being the recipient of community service awards from various South Asian temples within the City of Vancouver for his commitment to the communities he has worked in.


This training session is hosted by the charitable organization Odd Squad Productions (www.oddsquad.com), Safer Schools Together, (www.saferschoolstogether.com) and the not for profit Law Enforcement Training Association (www.letassociation.com).



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Fighting Auto Theft – February 4-5, 2021


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Retired Vancouver Police Detective Phil Ens will walk you through the latest in auto and marine theft techniques from shaved keys, changing VIN/ HIN to how the internet is being used to manipulate individuals and corporations alike out of their property. Det. Ens was an auto theft investigator for more than 24 years and is a court recognized expert. He has spoken across North America on this subject.

Dates and Time:February 4, 2021 between 1300-1600
February 5, 2021 between 0900-1200
(Two half-day training sessions)
Location:Online via Zoom (details will be send after registration)
Price:Individual pricing: $129
Large groups (7>) or corporate pricing: $799
Fighting auto theft is for: All auto insurance companies, auto dealers, marine dealers, fraud and insurance investigators, and all law enforcement organizations – specifically specializing in property crime, fraud, auto theft, marine, patrol, or general duties.

FIGHTING AUTO THEFT PRESENTATION TOPICS

  1. Current Auto Theft Methods
    Learn about shaved keys and ignition compromising techniques to the cloning of keyless entries and how receivers can be used to steal transponder information.
  2. Tools and Techniques
    Information about the latest on auto theft trends, investigations, prevention, GPS, RFID tracking, cameras and “Bait Property”
  3. Marine Theft
    Discuss today’s marine theft issues from boats, PWC’s and motors. Learn to locate the secondary HIN, How the re-HINing of stolen watercraft is done and how to deal with Transport Canada on their registration abilities.
  4. Auto Theft and the Internet
    Examine a case study on how criminals used the Internet to sell stolen parts from over 20 high end automobiles. Learn how the “Bait and Switch” was used to obtain these cars and how parts from six stolen cars were used to build one of the suspect’s vehicles.
  5. The Auto Wrecker Atrocity
    Walk through the investigation of a corrupt auto wrecker and how stolen and fraudulently obtained cars were being disposed of.

This training session is hosted by the charitable organization Odd Squad Productions (www.oddsquad.com), Safer Schools Together, (www.saferschoolstogether.com) and the not for profit Law Enforcement Training Association (www.letassociation.com).


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Handcuffing Seminar – Nov 2020


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Receive top-notch instruction on controlling and handcuffing individuals ranging from cooperative to combative people in a positive, encouraging, and healthy atmosphere.

• Protect yourself with legal, moral and ethical training from the experts
• Learn how to “own” suspects using the “Police Judo Method of Handcuffing”

Dates:Saturdays, Nov 7 and 14, 2020
(Two half-day training sessions)
Time:1000 hrs – 1400 hrs
Location:POLICE JUDO HEADQUARTERS
5487 Lane St., Burnaby, BC
Price:LETA members- $200
Non-LETA members- $250

This event is open to all Law Enforcement including Police, Corrections, Sheriffs, CBSA, Loss Prevention, Private Security, Policing or Criminology Students, and Police Judo Students

The Law Enforcement Training Association (Police Judo) is the basis for this unique opportunity to learn the fine art of controlling and handcuffing an arrestee safely and effectively. You will acquire the skills to take down arrestees with consideration for maintaining a “duty of care” over them.

• Training handcuffs will be supplied
• Wear comfortable workout gear
• Certificates of Attendance will be issued


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Developing Subject Matter Expertise for Criminal Investigations

Pitfalls, Strategies, and What to Expect from the Experts

Thursday, September 24, 2020 – 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (Pacific Time)

This course is reserved for North American Law Enforcement Officers ONLY.

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This eight-hour course will provide a comprehensive opportunity for participating Law Enforcement Officers to further their education through current police Subject Matter Experts in the fields of Gangs, Weapons, Drugs, Use of Force, and Media relations. It will outline what information should be gathered regarding gangs, weapons, or use-of-force investigations. The learning will be enhanced by input from a sitting Provincial Court Judge and experienced Journalists. 

After each session has been delivered, there will be a 10-minute opportunity for questions from the participants.

In law enforcement, we work in a grey area but are judged in black and white. Those who judge us during post-incident review have the luxury of using hindsight, video, audio, and witness statements to determine if our actions were necessary, within policy, and legal. All we have available to us when making split second life and death decisions is what is already pre-programmed into our brains through second nature training and repetitive motion. If the information isn’t already in the brain when we need it, we won’t be able to use it. Those who sit in judgement of our actions are not experiencing the phenomenon of excited delirium, adrenaline and cortisol dumps, tunnel vision, and auditory shutdown. But we know our actions will be scrutinized when we take the job, so it is our responsibility to make sure we are mentally prepared to face life and death situations, as well as the intense scrutiny that will surely follow. It is the job of society to police the police, and it is our job to make sure our actions withstand scrutiny at the civil and criminal levels.

Attendees to this session will get an understanding of how they can mentally prepare themselves, their partners, and their families for some of the traumatic incidents and split-second decision making law enforcement officers are faced with. Mental preparedness must start on day one of the law enforcement career and continue long into the healthy and happy retirement years. Some folks say they are glad they are not in law enforcement during these troubled times. They are wrong. There has never been a better time to be in law enforcement, because it is up to us to ensure we continue to move forward through training and professionalism in order to make the most noble profession in society even better.

This 8-hour training session is organized by Safer Schools Together (www.saferschoolstogether.com), the charitable organization Odd Squad Productions (www.oddsquad.com), and the not for profit Law Enforcement Training Association (www.policejudo.com).

General Learning Goals

The learners enhance their current understandings of the roles of a court recognized Subject Matter Expert.

At the end of this course all learners will:

  • understand the introductory steps required to become a court-recognized Subject Matter Expert
  • recognize the roles of the court-recognized Subject Matter Expert
  • recognize/understand the necessary intelligence gathering is required to conduct an effective gang, weapon, or use-of-force investigation is required to  conduct an effective gang, weapon, or use-of-force investigation
  • develop an awareness of the role of the media in relation to law enforcement
  • developing the keys to a survival mindset
  • learning to avoid the pitfalls in criminal investigations

Class level: All Law Enforcement Officers

Method of Instruction: Online using ZOOM and the interactive platform, Wooclap 


Timetable:

0700-0715 Vancouver Police Department – Sgt. Jennifer Keyes – Introductions

0715-0815 Reno Police Department – Sgt. (Ret.) Jeff Kaye – MINDSET, The Key to Survival

0815-0915 Vancouver Police Department – Sgt. Brad Fawcett –  Weapons

0915-1015 Vancouver Police Department / British Columbia Transit Police Cst. (Ret.) Doug Spencer – Gangs

1015-1115 Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia – S/Sgt. Derrick Sheppard – Drugs

1115-1215  Vancouver Police Department – Sgt. (Ret.) Joel Johnston – Use of Force  

1215-1235  Lunch Break

1235-1315 Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia Crime Analyst-Jill Paterson – How to effectively gather intelligence to start or further an investigation on Gangs, Drugs, Weapons, or Use of Force.

1315-1355 Provincial Court Judge – Reginald Harris – A View from the Bench

1355-1440 Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia Staff Sergeant  Lindsey Houghton – Media Relations

1440-1525  Journalist John Daly (CKNW radio and Global News) and Allison Hurst (CTV News) Media professionals – How to work with the media to get the real story out

1525 The end – questions


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Speakers Biographies

Sgt. (Ret.) Jeff Kaye, Reno Police Department

Presentation Title: “MINDSET, The Key to Survival”

Jeff Kaye is a veteran law enforcement professional who served twenty-five years and retired at the rank of Detective Sergeant from the Reno, Nevada Police Department. He served fifteen years in undercover and tactical response assignments, including five years supervising a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force. Jeff was assigned to a two-year deep undercover assignment that required taking on a new identity and networking with the criminal element. It was here that he learned the importance of mindset in law enforcement, because when you’re under, you’re alone.

Since his retirement from law enforcement in 2006, Jeff has been involved in school safety, school policing, and emergency management. He is the author of six books, including the soon to be released true crime novel about a “cop turned serial killer” who was apprehended in Reno, Nevada. Jeff is considered a Subject Matter Expert in law enforcement training areas related to tactical response, stress, and liability issues. He is currently the President of the consulting company School Safety Operations Inc. and D4 Survival Training. He currently lives with his wife and family in North County San Diego, enjoying what he affectionately refers to as  the “Post-Cop Afterlife” we work our careers to achieve.


Sgt. Brad Fawcett, VPD

Presentation Title: Weapons

Sgt. Fawcett is currently working as the Sgt. i/c of Research for the VPD Force Options Training Unit. 

He is a court-recognized use-of-force and non-firearms prohibited weapons expert. He has provided opinion evidence in Coroners Inquests, civil trials, criminal trials up to an including the Supreme Court of British Columbia, labour relations hearings, and a commission of inquiry.

Sgt. Fawcett has an extensive resume related to use of force. Some of the skills he can provide are well suited to the FOTU dedicated research project. He has a familiar/working relationship with Police Services Division, the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC), and the Independent Investigation Office of BC (IIO BC). He has a working relationship with RCMP and has developed manuals and courses from conception through provincial approval. He has been a sessional instructor at a post-secondary institution where has instructed Ethics for a Law Enforcement Environment and was the Canadian director of the International Association of Ethics Trainers (IAET) for ten years.

Sgt. Fawcett is familiar with requirements for program to be “court defensible” and works closely with academia in validating training and course development. 


Cst. (Ret.) Doug Spencer, VPD and Transit Police

Presentation Title: Gangs

Doug Spencer has been qualified as a gang expert by courts in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.  Such courts include the British Columbia Provincial Court (for example in R. v. Y.T.H., 2001 BCPC 10) and the British Columbia Supreme Court (for example in R. v. Dhak, 2003 BCSC 595).

As a gang expert, Doug Spencer is proficient in gang activity and culture in the Lower Mainland.  Doug Spencer’s expertise was achieved over his 15 year tenure with the Gang Crime and Youth Crime Units at the Vancouver Police Department. During that that time period, Doug Spencer was also twice-seconded as an investigator to the Integrated Gang Task Force.

For a 15 year period, Doug Spencer conducted numerous checks of gang members, monitored thousands of gang members and associates on police records management systems, and handled dozens of confidential gang informants.  Doug Spencer has a comprehensive understanding of the history and evolution of gang crime groups, their recruitment methods and membership, and their hierarchy within the gang crime world. 


S/Sgt. Darin Sheppard, RCMP

Presentation Title: Drugs

Staff Sergeant Darin Sheppard is in his 24th year with the RCMP and is currently the Non-commissioned Officer in Charge of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Unit at the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit in British Columbia.  S/Sgt. Sheppard has spent the majority of his service in the areas of Drugs and Organized Crime.  S/Sgt. Sheppard is a court recognized expert in a variety of drugs and has been qualified at both the Provincial Court and Supreme Court levels in British Columbia and Alberta.  S/Sgt. Sheppard has been an undercover operator for 20 years and has been a cover person for 15 years, covering on both undercover and police agent lead files.   S/Sgt. Sheppard instructs provincially, nationally and internationally on a variety of subjects, but primarily undercover operations, and drug investigations.


Sgt. (Ret.) Joel Johnston, VPD

Presentation Title: Use of Force  

Joel is a retired 28-year veteran of the Vancouver Police Department (CANADA) with a background in Patrol, Foot Patrol, Crowd Control and Traffic Enforcement. He spent 20 years specializing in Force-related training & program development, and Emergency Response (ERT).  He served 9 years as Use of Force Coordinator, 5 years as operational Squad Leader of one of four fulltime ERT (SWAT) squads and 2 years as the Training Coordinator for ERT.  He was seconded to the British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General as Provincial Use of Force and Municipal Emergency Response Teams (SWAT) Coordinator from 2005 – 2011. Joel began presenting at ASLET in 1993, 95, 97, 2001 and at ILEETA in 2012 and 2017. He has served on multiple National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and Canadian Police Research Center (CPRC) Working Groups – including Tactical Operations, Less Lethal Weapons, Vascular Neck Restraint, Conducted Energy Weapons and Excited Delirium Syndrome. He is the Principal of Joel Johnston Consulting Inc® in Vancouver, BC, he is a private training coach, consultant and Use of Force Subject Matter Expert. He has been retained in 74 use of force cases and given testimony across Canada to all levels of Courts, Hearings, Inquests and Inquiries. Joel obtained a degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University where he was a 4-year varsity athlete and was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He has a background in business and banking.

www.joeljohnston.com


Jill Paterson, Crime Analyst, CFSEU

Presentation Title: How to gather intelligence to start or further an investigation on Gangs, Drugs or Use of Force

Jill Paterson is currently a Strategic Intelligence Analyst with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) working primarily on Gangs and Organized Crime and the Provincial Tactical Enforcement Priorities (PTEP) targeting process.

Prior to this position Jill was a Special Constable with the Vancouver Police Department, Criminal Intelligence Unit, Organized Crime Section.  In her position at the VPD Jill conducted strategic analysis for the department, tactical analysis for major investigations and intelligence probes related to Organized Crime in British Columbia. Jill began her Law Enforcement career with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in the Pacific Region, the majority of those years as an Intelligence Analyst in the Intelligence & Contraband Division.  Her duties there included Strategic, Tactical and Operational analysis.

Jill was the president of the Western chapter of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) for ten years and has been the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Analytic Products by Canada’s National Intelligence agency the Criminal Intelligence Services of Canada (CISC).  Jill taught the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU) and IALEIA developed Foundations of Intelligence Analysis (FIAT) course across Canada and the United States for several years.


Judge Reginald Harris, British Colombia Provincial Court Judge

Presentation Title: A View from the Bench

(coming soon…)


John L. Daly, CKNW Reporter, Global News Reporter

Presentation Title: How to work with the media to get the real story out

40 years in print, radio, and TV news as a reporter, assignment editor, & newscast producer, and talk show host. Predominantly TV News reporting.

General assignment specializing in crime & investigations of scams, cover-ups, government & agency incompetence, official malfeasance.

Man-made & natural disasters including air crashes, train crashes, forest fires, landslides, floods, earthquakes.

Live hits (sat, micro, dejero), investigative stories & series.

Reported Royal Commissions: Taser Death, In-Custody deaths, serial murders, money laundering.

As well as Supreme, Appeal, County & Provincial, Family, Federal Court cases, Security Commission hearings, inquests, prison riots, jail & prison escapes & break-outs, arsons, kidnappings, mysterious disappearances adults & children, bail hearings, commercial frauds, investment scams, phoney doctors, dentists, etc.

Uncovered police corruption, drunk judges, etc.

Familiar with news scripting, formats, software, production, equipment, lighting, sets, studio & remote broadcasting.

Retired from daily TV News, currently doing a weekly talk show for Global News/CKNW Radio.

Member of IRE: Investigative Reporters & Editors.

Some background:


Allison Hurst CTV Journalist

Presentation Title: How to work with the media to get the real story out

Allison Hurst joined CTV Vancouver in February 2013 on the assignment desk.

Instantly captivated by news, she went to BCIT the following September to complete the broadcast journalism program. During those two years Allison continued to freelance at CTV Vancouver, reported for CKNW and took a three-month internship in Belgium reporting and writing for a national TV show.

After she graduated in May 2015, Allison moved to Kitchener for a full time job at CTV Kitchener as a video journalist. She took a month leave of absence in August 2016, to go to Rio and report from the Olympic Games. Allison left Kitchener in May 2017 and came back to CTV Vancouver as a writer and reporter.

Allison has a degree from the University of British Columbia in political science and international relations. While she considers herself a Vancouverite, Allison has lived on both coasts and central Canada and is bilingual. In her spare time, Allison can be found hiking or skiing in the mountains, running along the sea wall and spending time with family and friends.

Sgt. Jennifer Keyes, VPD

Moderator 

Jennifer Keyes is a lawyer who worked as a prosecutor for the Department of Justice (now Public Prosecution Service of Canada) before joining the Vancouver Police Department in 1999. She is currently the Sergeant in charge of the Research and Policy Unit of the Planning, Research & Audit Section.

She has contributed to the welfare of the police membership through a decade of service as a Vancouver Police Union Director and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work.  As the Liaison to the VPD’s dispatch service provider, Ecomm-911, she was the Project Manager for a 7 year large scale transition to the Province’s new technology platform for emergency radio communications.

As the Legal Trainer for the VPD, she created and delivered the legal training for the inaugural Police Custodial Guards program and the Sergeants’ Selection Process Exam, receiving a Chief Constable’s Unit Citation for her efforts. She has also taught criminal law for 8 years in the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma Program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia


S/Sgt Lindsey Houghton, CFSEU-BC

Presentation Title: Media Relations

A former member of the Vancouver Police Department and the Department’s spokesperson, Staff Sergeant Lindsey Houghton is now the Organized Crime Agency of BC (OCABC) Advisory NCO working within the provincial integrated gang unit, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia.

The recipient of several provincial, community and policing awards, Staff Sergeant Houghton has continually sought new and innovative ways to promote positive policing initiatives, crime prevention strategies, and engage the public. This includes being the creator and architect of the CFSEU-BC’s End Gang Life (www.endganglife.ca) gang prevention, education, and awareness initiative.

His work and advocacy has resulted in End Gang Life now becoming a national call-to-action against gangs and gang violence and, in British Columbia, the creation of B.C.’s first Gang Exiting and Intervention Program within the CFSEU-BC.

Staff Sergeant Houghton oversees the CFSEU-BC’s Community & Public Affairs and Gang Exiting & Intervention teams.



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Moving Forward with Minneapolis: Ethical Use of Force and Tactics – July 23, 2020

Moving Forward with Minneapolis: Ethical Use of Force and Tactics – Thursday, July 23, 2020 – 7:30am – 12:00pm PST
We’re repeating this event due to high demand.
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Moving Forward with Minneapolis – Online Use of Force Seminar – Positive Obligation – July 23rd 2020
Given the recent public protests and community concern regarding police use of force in both the United States as well as Canada, we are writing to advise you of an interactive training opportunity for your agency, as well as a forum to discuss solutions and changes that need to take place with regard to use of force training for law enforcement. The tragic situation with George Floyd was entirely preventable, and will likely be repeated if there are no structural changes inside police agencies, especially in the area of use of force training.
 
While media has devoted and focused much attention on the protests around Mr. Floyd’s death and racial disparity issues, there has yet to be an honest and open discussion on the role of police use of force, the state of training for use of force, the role of agency management, and how preventable this entire incident was.
Moving Forward with Minneapolis – Use of Force On Line Seminar – July 23rd 2020

This interactive panel forum on Thursday, July 23, 2020 – 7:30am – 12:00pm PST will be hosted by top police subject matter experts with international experience in training police use of force. This 4.5 hour training session is organized by Safer Schools Together (www.saferschoolstogether.com), the charitable organization Odd Squad Productions (www.oddsquad.com), and the not for profit Law Enforcement Training Association (www.policejudo.com). Veteran news reporter John Daly is the panel moderator for each of the five guest presenters in this online seminar. Select clips from the Odd Squad/Canadian Police Association documentary “Understanding Police Use of Force” documentary (two years in the making) will be reviewed.

Using force is a multi-layered complex issue, but one that has some basic learning lessons for police agencies, that – if not heeded – will inevitably result in more of these tragic and cataclysmic incidents unfolding for police officers and the communities they interact with. This panel will attempt to provide solutions and will also highlight some of the innovative and ethical physical control training that has been developed for police. We are also striving to provide solutions for change in how agencies approach training for their officers. This is not a top-down exercise, rather a street-level, ground-up approach, partnered with research and embedded with expertise. This presentation series is an opportunity to shine a light on the problem with a reasoned discussion that is not dominated by emotive responses and superficial social media perspectives.

We hope your agency will have representatives able to join us for this innovative, first-of-a-kind interactive training seminar, where we can help collaboratively discuss the use of force issues and work toward solutions that help strengthen the foundation and renewed community support of policing.

Registration can be either by individual or law enforcement agency (group) at this link:
https://saferschoolstogether.com/tc-events/moving-forward-with-minneapolis-ethical-use-of-force-and-tactics-thursday-july-23-2020-730am-1200pm-pst/

Board of Directors, 
Law Enforcement Training Association (LETA) 

Theresa Campbell, 
Safer Schools Together (SST)  

Moving Forward With Minneapolis – Ethical Use of Force and Tactics – June 17, 2020

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 – 7:30am – 12:00pm PT
Given the recent public protests and community concern regarding police use of force in both the United States as well as Canada, we are writing to advise you of an interactive training opportunity for your agency, as well as a forum to discuss solutions and changes that need to take place with regard to use of force training for law enforcement. The tragic situation with George Floyd was entirely preventable, and will likely be repeated if there are no structural changes inside police agencies, especially in the area of use of force training.
 
While media has devoted and focused much attention on the protests around Mr. Floyd’s death and racial disparity issues, there has yet to be an honest and open discussion on the role of police use of force, the state of training for use of force, the role of agency management, and how preventable this entire incident was.
 
This interactive panel forum onJune 17th from 730am-1200 pm PT will be hosted by top police subject matter experts with international experience in training police use of force. This 4.5 hour training session is organized by Safer Schools Together (www.saferschoolstogether.com), the charitable organization Odd Squad Productions (www.oddsquad.com), and the not for profit Law Enforcement Training Association (www.policejudo.com). Veteran news reporter John Daly is the panel moderator for each of the five guest presenters in this online seminar. Select clips from the Odd Squad/Canadian Police Association documentary “Understanding Police Use of Force” documentary (two years in the making) will be previewed.
 
Using force is a multi-layered complex issue, but one that has some basic learning lessons for police agencies, that – if not heeded – will inevitably result in more of these tragic and cataclysmic incidents unfolding for police officers and the communities they interact with. This panel will attempt to provide solutions and will also highlight some of the innovative and ethical physical control training that has been developed for police. We are also striving to provide solutions for change in how agencies approach training for their officers. This is not a top-down exercise, rather a street-level, ground-up approach, partnered with research and embedded with expertise. This presentation series is an opportunity to shine a light on the problem with a reasoned discussion that is not dominated by emotive responses and superficial social media perspectives.
 
We hope your agency will have representatives able to join us for this innovative, first-of-a-kind interactive training seminar, where we can help collaboratively discuss the use of force issues and work toward solutions that help strengthen the foundation and renewed community support of policing.
 
Registration can be either by individual or law enforcement agency (group) at this link:
https://saferschoolstogether.com/tc-events/moving-forward-with-minneapolis-ethical-use-of-force-and-tactics-wednesday-june-17-2020/


Board of Directors, 
Law Enforcement Training Association (LETA) 

Theresa Campbell, 
Safer Schools Together (SST)  
    
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